Introducing Sparkle 1.2

by Duncan WilcoxMarch 3, 2015

It feels like just a few weeks have passed, but it’s now nearly 3 months since 1.1, time flies when you’re having fun!

Sparkle 1.1, and the 1.1.1 update that followed shortly, was a massive update to our seminal 1.0 release. We added a ton of new features that brought Sparkle under Apple’s attention, and ultimately resulted in a Mac App Store featuring that propelled Sparkle under a global attention.

All we can say is we’re humbled and feel lucky for all the customers and, really, new friends we have met through Sparkle. We’re also not so proud of the instabilities and performance issues that 1.1 had, though we got in touch with every single one of you who reported a crash, and found a solution with a custom beta version every single time.

The good news is 1.2 is a rock solid foundation that will take us together to a new level. Thank you so much for your support so far, please get in touch if you have any request and keep reporting bugs and crashes and we’ll be get back to you with a fix.

Sparkle 1.2 adds many small and useful features, and some small but helpful things:

• add format bar for quick access to layout buttons

• add element alignment, sizing and distribution controls

• add per-device visibility of elements

• add resizing of variable width embedded content

• add facebook button integration

• add image letterboxing for galleries

• add email address obfuscation

• add "current" color, not synchronized across elements

• add many UI improvements for multi-device layout

• buttons can be used as links as well as for form submission

• only export updated resources, to make file sync easier

• fix gradients fading to transparent

• layout engine fixes

• many menu-related fixes

• fixes to preview fidelity

• many reliability, performance and feature improvements

• add Simplified Chinese localization

You can find the update on the Mac App Store or by relaunching the non-App Store version Sparkle.

Sparkle loves graphic designers and is striving to become the best visual tool to create websites.

We will soon be adding more articles with example websites and more thoughts on visual web development.

Please check out the documentation for an idea on how Sparkle can help create websites visually, or download the free trial.

If you have any questions or feedback please get in touch via email or twitter.

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